Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Pick - 9/4/13
St. Louis Cardinals (79-59) at Cincinnati Reds (78-61)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Shelby Miller (R) (12-9) (3.125) vs. Bronson Arroyo (R) (13-10) (3.663)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -131 / St. Louis Cardinals +121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, Ohio
The St Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds continue their NL Central war on Wednesday.
When St Louis is hot. they are incredibly tough to deal with, but when they slow down, they are just as beatable as any other team. That is where we find this team right now after a 1-0 loss at Cincinnati saddled the Redbirds with defeats in five of six, which is crucial for a team fighting for the National League Central title. Starter Michael Wacha tossed a three-hit shut out over six innings before Seth Maness took the loss with the lone run allowed on two hits in one frame. The offense failed to get the job done with Matt Carpenter logging a pair of hits and that was it. The Cardinals turn to Shelby Miller to pitch them past Cincinnati on Wednesday. Miller comes in with a 12-9 record overall and has gone 1-1 in his last three outings, with a 4.32 ERA in 16.2 innings.
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Cincinnati edged up the National League Central standings with Tuesday's victory, although they are still sitting in third. The Reds have won three of four and are just a short hot streak away from taking over the division lead. With the pitching we saw Tuesday, the Reds have as good a shot as anybody, with Homer Bailey allowing a pair of hits to Matt Carpenter and striking out eight over seven scoreless innings. Aroldis Chapman picked up the save by striking out the side in the 9th to complete a dominant performance on the mound. Cincinnati only had five hits and walked three times, but Todd Frazier supplied all the offense needed with an RBI double in the 7th that plated pinch runner Billy Hamilton. The home town Reds hand the ball to Bronson Arroyo on Wednesday versus the Cardinals. The 13-10 Arroyo has gone 2-1 in his past three starts, where he has posted a 6.61 ERA with 23 hits given up over 16.1 frames.
The Cardinals might be a solid bet to reach the postseason, but it will be the Wild Card if they don't turn things around soon. I think they have an edge on the mound with Miller, but they need to score.